Monthly Archive: May, 2016

SOL Tuesday + Some Announcements

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Link-up to our weekly writing challenge right here.

One Little Word Check-In

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Have you checked in on your OLW?

Introducing Two New Co-Authors

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We’re delighted to welcome two new writers to our #TWTBlog Co-Author Team.

ICYMI: Author Spotlight Series

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Many thanks to Bob, Isabel, Julie, Lauren, Liz, Maribeth and Paula for sharing part of their writing lives with our community of teachers and writers this week. In case you missed any of their blog posts, this post contains links to each of their posts. Be sure to leave a comment on each of their blog posts by June 4th, 2016 for a chance to win one of their books.

Writing and Illustrating Stories by Bob Graham

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Bob Graham, author and illustrator of numerous picture books, closes out TWT’s Author Spotlight today.

Becoming a Close Writer by Paula Bourque

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Teacher-author Paula Bourque steps into our Author Spotlight today to share her experiences about becoming a published author.

Writing with All the Feelings by Liz Garton Scanlon

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Author Liz Garton Scanlon implores us to let “you be you” in today’s Author Spotlight post.

Do Your Best Writing: Kick Down the Bumpers by Julie Falatko

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Today’s post is by picture book author, Julie Falatko.

Salchows and Semicolons by Isabel Bandeira

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YA Novelist Isabel Bandeira shares what she learned about writing and the publishing process from ice skating.

SOL Tuesday

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Write. Share. Give.

Creating Characters as Real as Spit by Maribeth Boelts

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Maribeth Boelts provides us with tips for creating authentic, unforgettable characters in stories.

Research is My Friend by Lauren Castillo

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Lauren Castillo, a Caldecott Honor author and illustrator, kicks off this year’s Author Spotlight Series with a piece about how important research is to her artistic process.

Live From #KidLitPalooza!

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Stay tuned this morning as I add to this post about #KidLitPalooza, live from this amazing event that connects children’s authors to students!

Purposeful Play: A Review and a Giveaway

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In the new book Purposeful Play: A Teachers Guide to Igniting Deep & Joyful Learning Across the Day, Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler have laid out the research and practical advice that many of us have been looking for.

Why Would Writing Stop When School Ends?

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“Janie, you have a lifetime of writing. Writing, collecting stories, and sharing with others is a gift of life, and it never ends. Aren’t we lucky Janie?”

In the Classroom We Are All Learners: Reflecting on a Year of Becoming Word Conscious

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Elizabeth Siracusa, a fourth- and fifth-grade looping teacher, reflects on the ways she infused vocabulary instruction into her classroom this year.

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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It’s time to share your slice of life stories!

A Poetry Break: If I Were…

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Making space for poetry.

Teaching the Four Types of Writing Through Texts

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Janiel Wagstaff’s books will help you teach primary writers about the four types of writing in an engaging way. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win her series of Stella books.

Book Review: The Journey is Everything by Katherine Bomer

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In her brilliant new book, The Journey Is Everything :Teaching Essays That Students Want to Write for People Who Want to Read Them, Katherine Bomer makes a powerful and passionate case for the joyful embrace of a new vision for teaching our students how to write (and read) the essay.